Time Pieces is Paul Henry’s debut collection of poems. Clear-eyed, compassionate, and concerned, he writes movingly about members of his family and community. We meet the brisk, arrogant ’Bigwig’, the fragile, elderly ’Audrey in Autumn’, along with grandparents, window cleaners, buskers, children, farmers, factory workers, cousins and others. These poems reveal how one is heir to many influences in Wales, and explores the tensions between rural and urban, tourist and local, material and spiritual lives. Many of these themes come together in his fine five-part poem ’Rep’, a look, by turns comic and tragic, at the life of a modern slaesman. In contrast to the mere wordplay of many modern poets, Paul Henry’s poems are sensitive, humane, and involved in the people and landscapes that surround him.
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